Member news, Meetings, Salmon and more

8 Nov

Salmon. The season was good except for kings; chums stand out in world market and even with lots of them fishermen received good prices. More here.

+ NOAA released its annual report on commercial seafood landings and Alaska was again #1 but value was down. The report is here.

+ An article with preliminary state wide salmon numbers from the 2017 season.

Transboundary. More than 100 DeSmog Canada readers chipped in $10,000 to send award-winning photographer Garth Lenz to document B.C.’s remote mines and the communities living downstream. You may want to sit down to view this photo essay here.

+ Canada has more mine tailings spills than most other countries in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges governments and the mining industry to improve safety, accountability and oversight.

Business Member News. Trident Seafoods has reached the 20 million meal mark in its donations to SeaShare, the non-profit organization on Bainbridge Island, Washington, that delivers millions of servings of seafood to food banks nationwide.

+ LFS Marine is expanding their Bellingham store bigtime into part of the former GP tissue plant.

+ If you are a business member and have news, please let us know! And Thank You for supporting USAG.

Meetings! Nov 16-18: Pacific Marine Expo, Seattle –lots of fun stuff and deals.

+ Nov 28: USAG Annual Meeting, Ketchikan, Cape Fox Lodge, 9 a.m. Members very welcome

+ Nov 29: Gillnet Task Force, Ketchikan, Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Avenue, 9 a.m. All welcome.

+ Nov 30: Regional Planning Team, Ketchikan, Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Avenue, 9 a.m.All welcome.

Ocean Acidification. Formed in 2016, the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network engages with scientists and stakeholders (they want more fishermen) to expand the understanding of Ocean Acidification processes and consequences in Alaska, as well as potential adaptation strategies. Ways to be involved: Get the monthly e-News, Add your company to the collaborator list (no cost) along with 30+ partners on the website; Provide input via an upcoming survey about what you’d like to see researchers address (specific species, geographic areas, forecasting, etc.)

Marketing. Americans are eating more seafood but it’s still only 14.9 pounds per capita in 2016.

It’s easy to renew your USAG dues or join! See our website (here) or mail $300 to USAG, Box 2196, Petersburg, AK 99833. If you are a current USAG member, thank you!

-Cynthia Wallesz

Executive Director
United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters
PO Box 2196
Petersburg, AK 99833
(208) 995-7400 (cell)
ph: (253) 237-3099 Google Voice